WKU Public Radio News Staff
Tue July 17, 2012
Defense Rests in Murray State Arson Trial
Experts argued over fire simulation software Tuesday during the re-trial of Jerry Wayne Walker. Now 36, Walker is on trial for allegedly starting a fatal 1998 dorm fire at Murray State University.
The defense rested early Tuesday morning, following testimony be experts in combustion science. The witness for the defense said according to a fire simulation model, a fire fueled by one gallon of gas could not have produced enough carbon monoxide in the dormitory hall to kill student Michael Minger. The witness for the prosecution argued that statement was not backed up by reliable science.
Walker purchased a little more than one gallon of gasoline on the night of the fire. Attorneys will issue their closing arguments Wednesday before the case goes to the jury for deliberations. Walker's 2001 trial ended in a hung jury.